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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Figurative uses of 'phren' and Grice's aspects of reasoning


When the Germans coined 'hebephrenia' and 'schizophrenia' they knew their Greek!

'phreno-' or, before vowels, merely "phren-," is a word-forming element meaning "mind," also "diaphragm," from Greek phreno-, comb. form of phrene properly "diaphragm, muscle which parts the abdomen from the thorax" in Homer extended to "parts around the heart, breast," hence "heart" (as a seat of passions), "mind, seat of thoughts, wits, senses," of unknown origin, alas. 

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